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Israelis Keep Social Distancing While Protesting Against COVID-19 Laws

  • Israelis were in the streets on Sunday protesting about what they claim to be non-democratic rules for the pandemic situation
  • Protestors kept the allowed distance joining “Black Flag” movement facing the police
  • Israeli stock movements update

Thousands of Israelis went out to protest on Sunday about what they see as anti-democratic actions of the government in the nation regarding the pandemic situation.

The protesters were noticed carrying signs and using masks as they held six feet distance apart from each other, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. They were obeying the rules and laws adopted for the Coronavirus pandemic situation. Social distancing in a protest: that was the picture.

More than 2,000 demonstrators joined the “Black Flag” movement facing the strict police rules put in order to fight the virus.

Police ordered the “Black Flag” members to identify points on the terrain for the protesters to keep physical distance from each other. Protests are allowed under Israel’s coronavirus constraints, as long as members stand two meters aside and carry masks.

More people engaged in virtual accounts of the demonstration on Facebook and Zoom, due to Coronavirus concerns.

The “Black Flag” rallies increased in March when people drove to Jerusalem rebelling against what they call anti-democratic actions of government used to fight the virus.

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Waving black flags and carrying banners that wrote “Save the Democracy,” protesters shouted on Gantz’s Blue and White party not to enter in an alliance with each other.

Prime Minister, Netanyahu, softened lockdown constraints over the weekend as unemployment rose over 26 percent. Israel has announced more than 13,000 coronavirus cases and 172 people have lost their lives.

On the other hand, Israeli stocks moved higher following the end on Sunday. Gains in the Banking, Financials and Insurance areas drove shares higher.

During the close in Tel Aviv, the TA 35 grew 5.19% to score a new 1-month high.

- The best players of the session on the TA 35 held Mizrahi Tefahot (TASE: MZTF), which grew 13.19% or 848 points to trade at 7279 at the end. 

- Meantime, Israel Discount Bank Ltd (TASE:DSCT) scored 12.17% or 122 points to close at 1120 and Phoenix Holdings Ltd (TASE:PHOE1) was up 9.68% or 158 points to 1790 in late trade.

- The poorest performers of the session were Tower Semiconductor Ltd (TASE:TSEM). They fell 0.49% or 32 points to trade at 6438 at the end.

- Shapir Engineering Industry fell 0.22% or 5 points to conclude at 2275 and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd was higher 0.54% or 20 points to 3700.

Growing stocks outnumbered falling ones on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by 354 to 60 and 10 closed fixed.

Crude oil for June performance was consistent with 0.00% or 0.00 to $25.03 a barrel. Outside in commodities trading, Brent oil for shipment in June increased 1.87% or 0.52 to score $28.34 a barrel. June Gold Futures contract declined 2.14% or 37.10 to trade at $1694.60 a troy ounce. USD/ILS was higher 0.07% to 3.5890, while EUR/ILS grew 0.10% to 3.9003. The US Dollar Index Futures was under 0.31% at 99.787.